Our Team - Mendicant Group Nonprofit Consulting

Our Team

Alex Gill

Alex is a social entrepreneur who, after working in a series of senior nonprofit roles, founded Mendicant Group in 2005. The Mendicant team has worked in more than 16 countries around the world, bringing new thinking to a range of social issues as diverse as community development, autism services, foster care reform, public health, ability & inclusion, and environmental protection. In addition to being a recognized expert in social and nonprofit innovation, Alex is the co-founder of Ryerson University’s social enterprise incubator, the Social Ventures Zone. Alex is a graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders (2014) and was named one of Canada’s “Social Justice All-Stars” by This Magazine (2015). He has also moderated the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance since its inception in 2010, setting up its governance and committee structures and those of many other social action organizations.

Rohit Saxena

Rohit Saxena has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business where he specialized in non-profit leadership and completed a graduate diploma in healthcare management. He also holds an engineering degree in Biotechnology. Prior to joining Mendicant in 2013, Rohit worked across diverse sectors including political reform, technology innovation and international healthcare. At Mendicant, Rohit has managed a range of social change projects across the areas of strategic planning, board governance, and program evaluation. Additionally, he has led multiple Mendicant projects aimed at the establishment of new initiatives in the social sector. Rohit is also one of India's leading online political commentators and his blog Wah Sarkar has been featured by The Guardian for being a source for alternative views on Indian news, elections, politics and events.

Cathy Vine, MSW, RSW

Cathy engages in research, writing and action projects to address social issues and advance the well-being and rights of diverse groups experiencing oppression and marginalization. Cathy is dedicated to fostering social justice by collaborating with young people, parents, researchers, practitioners, advocates, and Indigenous community members and leaders, so that their voices and messages can be heard and acted upon. Work highlights include: supporting the SSHRC-funded research project, Make Resilience Matter for Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence; working with Indigenous peoples and organizations in North Bay to produce numerous reports including the Red Road Report and Building a Strong Fire – Indigenous Quality Assurance Standards in Ontario Colleges; researching, planning and supporting young people to hold the Youth Leaving Care Hearings at Queen’s Park; co-editing the book, Cruel but not Unusual: Violence in Canadian Families, now heading into its 3rd edition, due 2020; and, co-authoring the report, Resilience: Successful Navigation through Significant Threat, 2010.

 

Anna Hoferica

Anna is a technically sophisticated, dynamic, and results-oriented professional with experience spanning the public sector, non-profit organizations, and private enterprise. Her expertise covers areas of risk management, strategy and governance, process improvement, and audit. She provided expertise and guidance on the implementation of Enterprise Risk Management & Strategic Planning Processes at the Ministry of the Attorney General, the Canadian Red Cross and other organizations. She also assisted medium-size enterprises with process improvement, resource optimization, and risk awareness. Anna holds a Master’s degree in Economics, is a Certified Internal Auditor, and holds certifications in Risk Management and Risk Control Self Assessment. Anna is a board member of the Wexford Residence, the charitable nonprofit organization providing seniors residence and long term care. She is also a member of the not-for-profit Small Business Advisory Group dedicated to helping businesses and entrepreneurs achieve their goals by providing professional consulting and mentoring.

 

Tyrenny Anderson

Tyrenny is an experienced team leader, business operations manager and strategist. Her areas of expertise are organizational transformation, operations management, strategy and governance. As the Human Centred Design and Transformation Lead on York University’s Service Transformation team, Tyrenny is responsible for integrating the user voice into project initiatives to ensure legitimate and successful implementation. Concurrently, she heads Workplace Innovation Canada’s research knowledge synthesis on Intrapreneurship Capability. As a professional coach and business advisor, Tyrenny designs and facilitates workshops on improving soft skills and applying methodologies, including Human-Centred Design and Design Thinking, to spur progress and turn strategy into action. She also teaches innovation skills courses for the Masters of Managing Innovation at UTM, is an Entrepreneur Coach for Ryerson University’s Social Venture Zone, and is a Vice-Chair on the McGill Women, Leadership & Philanthropy board. She holds a BA from McGill University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, with a focus on strategy and entrepreneurship.

 

Marjan Lahuis

Marjan Lahuis has extensive experience in non-profit organizations and direct experience on previous Mendicant entrepreneurship projects. Her professional interests include international relations & trade, project management, office & association management, case management and teaching. Some of her past experiences include roles with UNICEF Canada and Bureau Inburgering, a leading newcomer settlement program in The Netherlands. As a trained musician, Marjan spends her spare time singing, choral conducting and playing the piano.

Sue Wing

Sue is an executive assistant (EA) to Alex Gill. She has served as an EA to several CEOs in the private sector in the past. Sue brings years of experience in problem solving, time management, event planning and travel planning. She helps keep Mendicant Group stay on track and on time.